How Are You? Good vs. Well

Good vs Well

When someone asks you, “How are you?” how should you respond? Should you say, “I’m good,” or, “I’m well?” Which is correct grammatically: good or well.

Since “how are you?” became a standard greeting, the use of good vs. well has been hotly disputed. Let’s straighten this confusion out.

What Do You Think About Grammar?

What Do You Think About Grammar

Grammar is one of those funny things that everyone needs to know but that not everyone agrees on.

Is It Okay To End A Sentence With A Preposition?

What is a preposition?

Occasionally, we grammar enthusiasts need to take a step back and lighten up a little bit. While there are some grammar rules that are hard and fast (I’m looking at you, comma splice), sometimes there is wiggle room. One of those wiggly rules is the assumption that sentences shouldn’t end in prepositions. Well, guess what? I’m here to liberate your pens and tell you that it’s okay for your protagonist to ask her cheating boyfriend who he was just with.

Quick review: What is a preposition? These puppies explain it pretty well.

Grammar Quandary: Affect Versus Effect

Affect Vs. Effect

We previously explored then and than, and now we’re diving into another pair of words that trip up many a blogger. Prepare to venture into the conflict between affect and effect.

The primary rule of thumb when it comes to affect and effect is the following:

Affect is a verb.

Effect is a noun.

Knowing this will generally get you through most confusion between these two words. Effect is occasionally used as a verb, as a synonym for “to cause/bring about.” However, it’s not as commonly used as the noun form and is still not interchangeable with “affect.”

I.E. vs. E.G.: How to Keep Them Straight

I.E. vs. E.G

We all have our pet peeves when it comes to writing. Maybe you hate the Oxford comma. Maybe you loathe the misuse of the ellipsis. As an editor, I’m supposed to have a lot of writing pet peeves, but one of my biggest is the interchanging of e.g. and i.e. I’m here to tell you once and for all that the two are not the same.

What the Heck is an Em Dash?

— What the Heck is an Em Dash —

And now, another punctuation term that you probably have never heard before: the em dash.

Truthfully, I was ignorant of the em dash until Joe first approached me about a punctuation post.

So I did what any educated American would do and went straight to Wikipedia. Here’s what I learned.

The Poor, Misunderstood Semicolon


Sadly, many writers have a confused relationship with the semicolon, not really sure how or when to use semicolons in their lovely sentences. Don’t worry, little semicolon. Your virtues will not be lost on this audience as long as I have a say in it.

What Is a Comma Splice? And Why Do Editors Hate Them?

How to Make Your Editor Hate You: Splice Your Commas

We’re venturing into a realm where writers bend the rules of grammar in the name of creativity, but to the great frustration of editors. A comma splice is one of the most easily avoidable grammatical travesties.

How To Use an Ellipsis… Correctly

How To Use an Ellipsis... Correctly

Here at the Write Practice, we have love for all punctuation marks: commas, semicolons, question marks. Today we’re discussing that trio of periods that make up the ellipsis.

What’s an ellipsis?

Why You Need to be Using the Oxford Comma

the oxford comma

Most of the fun of writing is using your words to tell a story. They course across the page, delighting in the joys of Maureen finally finding her Henry, shuddering as Ingrid uncovers her third dead body of the day, or mourning with Carlos for his lost mother. But I’m not here to talk about words. I’m here to sing the praises of punctuation; specifically, the Oxford comma.

Most people I’ve met have no idea what the Oxford comma is, but it’s probably something that you have used in the past. What is it?